Southworth, WLU Swat Charleston
WEST LIBERTY – Hillary Southworth and her West Liberty University teammates continued impressive rolls Monday night at the ASRC.
Southworth, the junior standout out Twinsburg, Ohio, scored 34 points in extending her school record to eight straight games with 25 points or more as the Hilltoppers handily defeated the University of Charleston 88-64 to hold on to second place in the WVC standings.
Southworth also achieved another West Liberty milestone by surpassing the 1,000 points plateau in a Lady Hilltoppers uniform. She actually went over the 1,000 mark as a collegiate player over the weekend during a victory against Alderson-Broaddus. However Southworth previously had scored 47 points during her freshman season at Appalachian State before transferring to the hilltop campus.
”Hillary does what Hillary does,” said a pleased Lynn Ullom, West Liberty’s veteran coach. ”She fills up a box score every night. Everybody wants to talk about her scoring which is obviously impressive, but she also had seven boards, two blocked shots, two assists, two steals and she was over 50 percent again from the floor (11 of 18).
“I like how she is getting her points,” Ullom continued. ”There aren’t a lot of one-on-one drives. It’s about getting to the offensive glass, drawing fouls and scoring on second-chance opportunities. I am into efficiency (and) not into the sum total at the end about how many points a kid has (scored). How did they get them is most important.”
Monday night’s repeat victory aginst Lady Golden Eagles also was West Liberty’s sixth in the last seven games and improved its overall record to 16-6, including an impressive 14-4 conference mark.
The Hilltoppers also also shattered another noteworthy school record with 16 blocked shots in the game, led by freshman point Liz Flowers who swatted away five shot attempts. Kierra (Kiki) Simpson and Jordan Stacey also had three blocks each.
”We’re not incredibly athletic and we’re not incredibly big but we do have kids that have pretty good instincts,” Ullom said. ”We can be a little bit pesky sometimes.”
Although Charleston (12-10, 9-9) never led and managed to tie the score just once at 5-5 in the early going, the visitors stayed close throughout the first half.
Flowers and Wisemann supported Southworth with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Wiseman also had eight rebounds, helping West Liberty dominate underneath the glass with a 51-36 rebounding edge.